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Robert Pearlman

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posted 09-23-2022 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the seven European astronauts who will train for NASA's Artemis missions to the moon, though only one will have the chance to become the first European to walk on the lunar surface, reports AFP.
The candidates — France's Thomas Pesquet, Britain's Tim Peake, Germany's Alexander Gerst and Matthias Maurer, Italy's Luca Parmitano and Samantha Cristoforetti, and Denmark's Andreas Mogensen — have all completed at least one mission on board the International Space Station.

"During this decade, three ESA astronauts will fly to the Lunar Gateway — our permanent station we're building around the moon," David Parker, ESA's director of human and robotic exploration, told AFP.

"And if all that goes well, by the end of this decade we'll be ready to send the first European astronaut to the moon," he added.


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posted 09-24-2022 05:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kite     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What wonderful news. Here's hoping for our own Tim Peake, who would be a brilliant choice for the first Brit on the Moon.

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